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We strengthened defence forces like Shivaji: PM Modi

PM Modi sharpened his attack on the opposition and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar. He said Pawar didn’t contest the Lok Sabha elections from Satara because he knew the way in which the wind was blowing.

assembly-elections Updated: Oct 17, 2019 17:37 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Satara, Maharashtra, on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Satara, Maharashtra, on Thursday. (ANI Photo )
         

At a poll rally in Maharashtra on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said people will reject the Congress everywhere in the upcoming Assembly elections, be it Maharashtra or Haryana.

PM Modi, who is leading BJP’s campaign in the poll-bound states, said BJP will win a thumping majority in the assembly elections like they did during the Lok Sabha polls this year.

“Congress-NCP leaders are unable to understand the mood of the people. They were punished in the Lok Sabha elections. This time the people will give them harsher punishment,” Modi said at a rally in Maharashtra’s Satara.

The Prime Minister invoked Chhatrapati Shivaji and said his government had worked to strengthen the defence forces just like the Maratha king.“Those with evil designs will be given a befitting reply by the people,” Modi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Maharashtra and Haryana go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

On the criticism by the opposition over the abrogation of Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir special status, PM Modi said “the entire Satara gets angry when these leaders spread false rumours and try to defame leaders like Veer Savarkar.”

“In the land of rashtra rakshaks (protectors of nation), there is no place for those who speak against the national interest. Your excitement, energy is making the opposition lose its sense,” he told the crowd at the rally.

Modi sharpened his attack on the opposition and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar. He said Pawar didn’t contest the Lok Sabha elections from Satara because he knew the way in which the wind was blowing.

Apart from the assembly polls, by-election to Satara Lok Sabha seat will also take place on October 21.

The Satara bypolls were necessitated after Udyanraje Bhosale, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, quit the NCP to join the BJP. Bhonsle is BJP’s candidate this time, while NCP is represented by shrinivas Patil, a former governor and two-time member of Parliament.